Kindle Fire HD uses an LCD screen, which is the same screen you will find on your monitor. The only feature added is that the screen is 25% more effective in removing the glare caused by any other light source. So, if you take it outside on the beach, at the park, etc., you’ll find it difficult to read because of the glare.
This does not means that the Kindle Fire HD is completely unreadable outside. The cut on glare is pretty good compared to other devices.
Actual user’s experience of Kindle Fire HDX for outdoor reading:
The Kindle Paperwhite, on the other hand, is readable even in direct sunlight without any glare because of the eInk screen technology used. It uses 16 shades of grey and you’ll find it extremely suitable for reading indoors and out, as it is just like reading from a paper.
- The design is nice
- Excellent screen for videos and movies
- Digital dolby sound is amazing
- Front-facing HD camera for Skype calling
- Reading experience is good
- Built in browser is fast
- Cloud storage
- Micro USB cable is used for charging, which is widely available, as it is common in other devices.
- The price is pretty low compared to other devices with almost the same features
- Default music player is not good enough.
- Amazon app store has over 100K apps where you can find most of the apps you need. You can also side-load many Google Play apps on the Kindle Fire.
- No microSD slot
If you want a device specifically for reading outside, then I would recommend the Kindle Paperwhite. Otherwise, the Kindle Fire HDX does a pretty good job with its anti-glare screen to make it readable under different lighting conditions.
But if you are looking for a device for both purposes, i.e. reading and playing around with, then the Kindle Fire HD will do do a decent enough job for reading outside.